When the 2014 Bassmaster Elite season comes to a close, we may look back and realize that this day – this fog shortened day on Lake Dardanelle – was the determining factor in not only the Toyota Tundra Angler of the Year title, but a multitude of Bassmaster Classic berths as well.
Finding a confident angler prior to the Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament at Lake Dardanelle was like searching for clear water in the Arkansas River right now: Extremely difficult.
The pros get their game faces on before taking on Lake Dardanelle in Russellville, Ark.
After seeing the recent rains and dealing with the time of the year, here are the picks that some of the Elite anglers believe will do well this week on Lake Dardanelle.
Consider anglers with track records of success in the Ozarks and on the Alabama River in spring.
The big stories of 2014: Mark Davis, the "rookies" and struggling stars. And there's still a lot of fishing left.
Whoever makes the run north at the Bassmaster Elite on Lake Dardanelle is going to win. Period.
Take time to look at the multiple events the pros have fished on Dardanelle so you can estimate who will repeat their good fortune.
Mark Davis is off to his best start ever, finishing in the Top 4 in all four Elites so far this year. He’s leading the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race by 42 points, and he’s setting the pace on some of his least favorite fisheries.
With his start-to-finish win at this past weekend’s Toyota Texas Bass Classic — bringing his total of TTBC trophies to three — Keith Combs may have established himself as the greatest tour level pro in Texas…ever.